7/7/09 9:15 AM

Weekend Cable News Links and Open Thread

Hot & Not. Kurtz with Wolffe.

Meeting Geraldo.

CNN disses D-Day?

Sunday talkers: HuffPo recap.

Immelt bans THR over GE/MSNBC report.

Q&A: Joe.  Profile: Eric Bolling (via ICN).  MSNBC spins.

Updated through the day.  Use our valuable bandwidth to post your comments on any and all cable news topics in this weekend's open thread. Standard rules apply.

Never forget.
June 6, 2009, 5:51:22 PM EDT – Like – Reply

"we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender"
Sir Winston Churchill
June 6, 2009, 7:06:09 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Jaynie59 | 06.06.09 - 5:56 pm | #
Could not agree more.
June 6, 2009, 9:02:07 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Cecelia | 06.06.09 - 7:11 pm | #  
Thanks for the quote Cecelia.
The world needs more Churchills.
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. "
Winston Churchill
June 6, 2009, 10:33:59 PM EDT – Like – Reply

The REAL story behind Keith Olbermann’s Fox News Quarantine
Last week, Keith Olbermann, did a segment on his show, Countdown, where he called for a quarantine of Fox News. He is also participating in this quarantine. This means no more Fox News attacks on Countdown. The quarantine was basically called on because of KO’s assessment that Fox News incites violence—this came days after a late term abortionist was murdered (who Bill O’Reilly reported on from time to time).
Well, an insider that works within NBC has released some details on what is really behind this quarantine. Early last month, GE bought advertising on the Fox News Channel (worth a little above $1 million). The advertising pushes its “ecomagination” strategy. During the contract negotiation, the CEO of GE, Jeff Immelt met with executives from News Corporation and Fox News. He had grave concerns for Fox’s increasing criticism of the NBC and MSNBC networks. Fox News, several times, has laid out how GE intends to profit from the Obama Administration. At this point, CEO Immelt agreed that his network (MSNBC) would dial down and even cut criticism of Fox News (especially during the 8PM hour which hits FNC the most). The end of the bargain for Fox News was that they reduce the reporting on associating GE with the Obama Administration (the insider made a note that FNC would not CUT, but just reduce). Deal was made.
Weeks later, in order to facilitate the transition to cutting Fox News criticism on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann, saw an advantage on how go through with it (taking one last hit at Fox News). This time came when Dr. Tiller was murdered. Dr. Tiller was not liked by many, including Bill O’Reilly who attacked him several times on his show. Believing this to be a contributing factor in the death of late-term abortionist Dr. Tiller, KO, called for a quarantine (“boycott”) of Fox News.
In an effort to stifle more media (who are critical of the ties between GE and Obama), GE/MSNBC recently issued a ban of any media report that exposes the link. An article titled, “EXCLUSIVE: GE/NBCU TRYING TO STIFLE OTHER MEDIA'S COVERAGE OF COMPANY: Immelt Orders Nielsen Media Iced Over GE-NBCU-Obama Story: NBCU's Zucker Follows Orders And Freezes Out The Hollywood Reporter For Past 6 Weeks” [http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/exclusive-genbcu-trying-to-stifle-other-medias-coverage-of-company-immelt-banned-nielsen-media-over-ge-nbcu-obama-story-zucker-followed-orders-nbc-universal-didnt-cooperate-with-the-hollywood/]
Nikki Finke reports:
”My reporting is the first about the ban or what led to it. "People need to know that GE is using its media arm to stifle coverage about its company [GE-Obama link], and this is coming from Immelt and Zucker," a Nielsen Business Media insider said. I'd attempted multiple times over several weeks to speak with NBCU about this story but the company won't discuss it.”
Jeffery Immelt Fights Back “http://newsbusters.org/blogs/amy-ridenour/2009/06/06/ges-jeff-immelt-fights-back”
Clip of Bill O’Reilly exposing corruption within GE/NBC/MSBNC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXw7-odxjXI
Bottom line: Keith Olbermann never intended to call for this quarantine, but was eventually being lead to cut criticism of Fox News due to the deal made with FNC by management of GE/NBCU. When the events of Dr. Tiller’s death unfolded, Mr. Olbermann used this as an exit strategy to Fox News criticism. Mr. Olbermann originally picked up the reporting on Dr. Tiller by Bill O’Reilly through a progressive media watchdog, Media Matters for America (who compiled a video of Bill O’Reilly reporting and criticizing Dr. Tiller). The video was then distributed though many left wing blogs including The Huffington Post.
June 7, 2009, 2:42:35 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
Wow. Where'd you get all that from, Hugo?
J$, is there going to be a Fox Haters Week in Review this week?
June 7, 2009, 6:27:43 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I can understand why GE would not want coverage on MSNBC toadying up to the Obama Administration to benefit GE.
What I have trouble believing is that Murdoch or Ailes would give a fig about what MSNBC personalities say about FNC .
FNC is gaining in the ratings, and at this point they truly are in such a secure position that ANY publicity for the network IS good publicity.
June 7, 2009, 6:43:21 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Cecelia | 06.07.09 - 6:48 pm | #  
You are absolutely right, but just the act of doing what is hapenning shows Murdoch to be magnanimous about the relationship between the two networks and Immelt to be a sell-out.
Whatever happens here, News Corp benefits.
June 7, 2009, 7:50:10 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Olby Sucks
I don't believe for a minute Fox News made any "deals" with msnbc.
June 7, 2009, 8:29:46 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Hugo's story is BS. I did some research and none of the above statements are documented anywhere.  
This means that either:
A) Hugo knows something big that nobody else knows and chose J$P to break it to the world in a magnificent, if uncited, exposé in his first post on this site
II) Hugo is trying to make anti-KO bloggers post false information in an effort to make them look stupid
June 7, 2009, 8:30:03 PM EDT – Like – Reply

excellent avatar FF!
June 7, 2009, 9:21:32 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
That would explain why he didn't answer my question. As for my other question, FHWiR is up.  :+:
June 7, 2009, 9:39:32 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
ObserverDan went below the belt at Olbermann Watch by linking to a Think Progress post about Rick Sanchez's attack on BOR and BOR's correction. I guess Dan is an O'Reilly hater, but why did he link to TP? He could have linked to ICN or TVNewser, but he chose TP. I never wanted to think of Dan as a MikeH or Patrick type, but maybe he is.
June 7, 2009, 10:23:24 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Well why does he link to it but not mention O'Reilly's correction? What's his game?
June 7, 2009, 10:29:35 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
I don't know. Maybe you should ask him over there. I just feel stupid. I thought he was a good guy, but he's just a hater.
June 7, 2009, 10:34:06 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Greg Gutfeld
Isn't ObserverDan a regular at NHs?
June 7, 2009, 10:53:00 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Well, do you have to like O'Reilly in order to be a "good guy", gentlemen?
June 7, 2009, 11:01:55 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
In his previous comment, he linked to Crooks and Liars' video from "Reliable Sources." To be fair, that was in the Olbermann Flood.
June 7, 2009, 11:10:29 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Immelt is a businessman doing what comes naturally. He's trying to win govt contracts for GE.
I think the people who have sold out are the folks in the media who, while they acknowledge MSNBC is an Obama cheerleader, assiduously stop short of connecting THAT to a profit motive.
June 7, 2009, 11:13:58 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
Well, do you have to like O'Reilly in order to be a "good guy", gentlemen?
I guess not, Cece. It's just that he linked to far-left sites.
Isn't ObserverDan a regular at NHs?
If that's true, it would explain everything, including the attitude he's taken when I write about, and link to, FNC, Bill, and "O'Reilly Factor" segments on OlbyWatch. I wish I'd have known that sooner, and I'm sure fellow OlbyWatchers agree.
And if you're the Greg Gutfeld, it's an honor to be in the same comment thread as you.
June 7, 2009, 11:42:00 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
One of Dan's bright spots is he has just as much use for Keith as we do: none.
June 7, 2009, 11:47:06 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
He deservedly took a shot at me and my appreciation, let's say, of BOR. I won't quote everything he said, but he ended the comment with: "Believe it or not, there are many of us who love to mock Olbermann, and hold him in the greatest of disdain, and at the same time DON'T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT BILL O'REILLY."
I know you agree with that, Cece (*not an insult*).
I replied with a long explanation and apology:
I truly deserved that. And I'm not being sarcastic when I say that. I really did deserve that. I didn't even notice that it was you that posted that "RS" link until after I saw your reply to my reply. Then, I reacted emotionally and hypersensitively. I think it's safe to say that as a center right guy, I'm the most liberal regular at OlbyWatch. And that isn't an insult.
To repeat what I said last week, outside of J$, I'm probably the biggest FNC fan and BOR fan at OlbyWatch. For that, I should be posting more often at J$P, but an overabundance of NewsHounds trolls has led to moderation, eliminating immediacy. That's why I post here more often. With all the linking I do, mostly to FOXNews.com and NewsBusters, my comments are better suited for *there* than for *here*. I live and breathe broadcasting/media. It was major in college, and I have the degree to show for it. (I won't show it off like Oralmann, though.) But for my strong loathing of KO, I don't belong here.
I'm not saying goodbye; I just wanted to get that off my chest.
I apologize yet again, Dan, and anyone else that is sick of (not saying that pejoratively) my FNC/BOR cheerleading.
June 8, 2009, 1:45:32 AM EDT – Like – Reply